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    Re: Ebay: maple top mandolin

    I have a mandolin with an all mahogany body and it sounds really good. I don't know the maker but my best guess is that it was made in the late 1930s by the successors to Oscar Schmidt as some of its...
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    Re: Thank you Scott and Dan!

    This must have been a herculean effort and very frustrating to work so hard and then have to undo everything. Upgrades can be fraught but I suppose despite the return to the previous format and...
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    Gretsch Strad- Cheap 1940s

    I'm assuming this is from the Strad family- zany f holes. Looks like it is losing all its finish but has WW2 era Klusons and the cloud tailpiece plus a decent bridge. I am assuming it is down at the...
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    Re: Interesting European Mandolinetto- Pre-War

    Funnily enough, the tuners- not least the buttons do not typically European. There is a word stamped on the tuner- it looks like FRANCE but I don't think that is what it says.

    I have found a...
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    Interesting European Mandolinetto- Pre-War

    I think the seller thinks it is Spanish because the label from this Paris retailer mentions Spanish guitars. I have no idea about its origin except that it is European. I will mention that the...
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    Re: A little help with a new toy, please

    Hubert Pleijsier's Washburn book mentions the mixed rosewood and maple ribs being pre-1896 and he shows very similar mandolins from 1889 and 1892 in terms of their introduction.One difference is the...
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    Re: Vintage photo of a Lyon & Healy two point

    Thanks, Mike. I have added three- one by mistake but I don't think it is already posted. I will save that link and if I find any others- and I did have others which I lost, I will add them as I go...
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    Re: Help with identifying mandolin

    The mandolin is probably Korean or Japanese and is a copy of a Gibson F series mandolin. In this respect, it is one of many with various brand names that have been sold over the decades. It looks...
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    Re: Vintage photo of a Lyon & Healy two point

    Sadly, a big computer disaster a few years back destroyed my archive which had a few ads. However, I had not realised there was a category here where they are posted. If you could post the link I...
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    Re: Vintage photo of a Lyon & Healy two point

    Yes, I got lucky- I had saved that ad a while back and it just crossed my mind that the "college" series might just be worth looking at. I also revisited another page from that 1916 catalogue that...
  11. "Nice Example of Early Celluloid" Gibson mandolin pickguard

    Celluloid does go back a good 50 years or more before this A3 pickguard which has been somewhat messed up has been dated.
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  12. Re: Looking for Information on Older Bowlback Mandolin

    This may well be your mandolin- or a very similar model shown in the 1916 Supertone catalogue- it still does not confirm the maker. Supertone did buy from Oscar Schmidt at this time but was in the...
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    Re: Vintage photo of a Lyon & Healy two point

    This is the 1916 Supertone ad for the university named guitars. The Yale might be a contender. This was about the time that Sears, Roebuck bought Harmony but that does not necessarily mean this range...
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    Re: Vintage photo of a Lyon & Healy two point

    Yes, that pyramid bridge is wrong for L & H but was used by Regal- and others.
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    Re: Vintage photo of a Lyon & Healy two point

    That's a great photo- they are gazing almost 100 years into the future! I am wondering if the guitar is also from Lyon & Healy or possibly Regal. I bought what purports to be a Style B circa 1924...
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    Re: Please help to identify this mandolin?

    I would like to think that if the mandolin was made in Japan- and I considered that- it would still have its original tuners! Mind you, we know that tuners get changed when they do not need to be-...
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    Re: Please help to identify this mandolin?

    http://lacquercracks.dk/identification-tips-tricks/introduction/

    Lacqueur Cracks above has that site and If you send him this link he may comment- either back to you or here if he is a member....
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    Re: Please help to identify this mandolin?

    Yes, replacement tuners which does not help fixing where it was made. Some Japanese mandolins had that sort of headstock shape but I have not seen any flat backs as such. One Yugoslavian maker had...
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    Re: Please help to identify this mandolin?

    You should post some photos of the back and the headstock in particular. However, I think the tuners are probably replacements. The case is almost certainly German- the handle and the metalwork...
  20. Re: Looking for Information on Older Bowlback Mandolin

    The headstock shape rules out many of the most likely makers and is typical of OS- which as Mike mentions, those initials often featured in the pickguard design but not all the time. Harmony used...
  21. Re: Looking for Information on Older Bowlback Mandolin

    Those photos tend me towards the mandolin having been made by Oscar Schmidt in Jersey City. The inlays around the sound hole, which were probably imported from Germany are seen on Oscar Schmidt...
  22. Re: Looking for Information on Older Bowlback Mandolin

    On the limited amount we can glean on from the photos, I reckon it is Chicago made with Regal in pole position.The board is has basic position markers (redolent of Oscar Schmidt) while the mandolin...
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    Re: Unknown archtop mandolin from USA ?

    Bräuer was a maker from Schonbach in Czechoslovakia. After WW2, most ethnic Germans were expelled and this included the ethnic Germans behind Hofner, Hoyer and Framus who started again in West...
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    Re: Looking to identify a Kentucky Mandolin

    That must be damage- what caused it I have no idea.
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    Re: Looking to identify a Kentucky Mandolin

    Probably KM620B
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